Opportunities and Awards: Miles Franklin longlist, NGV Architecture Commission

Calling for entries to the Melbourne Prize for Literature, be part of Sydney Craft…

Calling for entries to the Melbourne Prize for Literature, be part of Sydney Craft Week, NGV’s 2021 Architecture Commission announced, plus other prize winners and opportunities.

Visual Arts Writer

Wednesday 19 May, 2021


RESIDENCY: Moonee Valley City Council is calling for expressions of interest for aspiring podcasters to participate in a new Clocktower Centre Podcast Studio Residency Program. The program aims to support the development and distribution of locally produced podcast content and increase the capacity of local artists and the community to create podcasts. Recipients will receive a project fee, as well as in-kind access to recording and editing equipment, technical support, marketing/publicity support and use of the Clocktower Centre’s podcast hosting platform. Moonee Ponds is an inner suburb of Melbourne. EOIs close 31 May, with recipients announced 8 June.


FORUM: The Victorian Museums and Galleries Forum will bring AMaGA members and the wider sector together to discuss the theme of ‘Digital Literacy – Audience Engagement and the Visitor Experience’. The one-day will be held on Tuesday 20 July, and will bring together colleagues from across the GLAM and tech sector to explore how new technologies can transform how museums and galleries operate both internally and for audiences. The Forum will feature national and international guest speakers, lightning presentations and a panel discussion concluding with an interactive Q+A. Bookings are now open.


A call for entries to the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021 has been launched, with a prize pool of $90,000 up for grabs: the prestigious $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021, a new $20,000 Professional Development Award and a new $15,000 Writer Prize will be awarded to a Victorian writer and author of an essay of 10,000 words maximum. Each finalist receives $1,000. Open to published Victorian resident authors only. Entries close on 19 July 2021.

The Australian Design Centre is calling for entries from makers, galleries, shops, guilds, libraries, councils and other organisations for exhibitions, workshops and events during and around the Sydney Craft Week period, 8-17 October 2021. Application deadline: 25 June 2021 with notifications on 2 July. View the Sydney Craft Week Participation Sheet 2021 for details.

The new Environmental Art and Design Prize 2021 (a Northern Beaches Art Prize) will take place over two weeks in August alongside a new open studios event held across the Northern Beaches in Sydney. With a bigger prize pool of $42,000, and three venues participating, there will be more opportunities for artists to show work and reach new audiences. The Environmental Art & Design Prize 2021 invites submissions from artists and designers across the country who are agents of change, engaged with the natural world, sustainable living or responding to climate change through their contemporary practice.

Want more? Visit our Opportunities page for more open competitions, prizes, EOIs and call outs.

2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist. Image supplied.


PUBLISHING: The long list for the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced, featuring a mix of acclaimed Australian authors and new voices. One of the most prestigious literary prizes in Australia at $60,000, the award was first presented in 1957 and celebrates novels of the highest literary merit that tell stories about Australian life. The 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist is:

  • Aravind Adiga with Amnesty (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Robbie Arnott with The Rain Heron (Text Publishing)
  • Daniel Davis Wood with At the Edge of the Solid World (Brio)
  • Gail Jones with Our Shadows (Text Publishing)
  • Sofie Laguna with Infinite Splendours (llen & Unwin)
  • Amanda Lohrey with The Labyrinth (Text Publishing)
  • Laura Jean McKay with The Animals in That Country (Scribe Publications)
  • Andrew Pippos with Lucky’s (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Mirandi Riwoe with Stone Sky Gold Mountain (University of Queensland Press)
  • Philip Salom with The Fifth Season (Transit Lounge)
  • Nardi Simpson with Song of the Crocodile (Hachette Australia)
  • Madeleine Watts with The Inland Sea (Pushkin Press)

The shortlisted finalists will be revealed on 16 June 2021 and the winner announced on 15 July 2021.

DESIGN: Designed by a Melbourne-based architecture firm, Taylor Knights will collaborate with artist James Care to deliver the NGV’s 2021 Architecture Commission. Entitled pond[er] (pictured top) their concept references Sir Roy Grounds’ open-air courtyards in the original design of NGV International, and comprises two key design elements: a body of indigenous plants and a body of pink water, which makes direct reference to the many inland salt lakes in Victoria and highlights the scarcity, importance and political implications of water as a natural resource. The installation also includes beds of Victorian wildflowers, designed in association with Ben Scott Garden Design, that bloom at different times throughout the installation to highlight the precariousness and temporality of our natural ecology. The 2021 NGV Architecture Commission will be on display from November 2021 – April 2022 at NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Free entry.

Alec Baker, Ngura (Country) 2019, acrylic on linen, 112 x 198 cm. Courtesy the artist and Iwantja Arts, Indulkana, SA.

VISUAL ARTS:  Artist Alec Baker has taken out the $15,000 Bayside Acquisitive Art Award for his painting Ngura (Country). Baker’s work was selected from a group of 38 finalists drawn from over 400 entries from across Australia. The 2020/21 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize was judged by Louise Tegart, Director, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ryan Johnston, Head of Academic Programs, Museums and Collections, University of Melbourne, and Joanna Bosse, Bayside Gallery Curator. This year’s $3,000 Local Art Prize Winner went to Michelle Zuccollo for the painting Habitat (2020), which raises questions about interactions between introduced and native species. The finalists exhibition remains on show at Bayside Gallery until 4 July.

VISUAL ARTS: John Fitzmaurice has been named winner of the Western Sydney University Acquisitive Sculpture Award – valued up to $30,000 – for his work Dragging the Chain. The Janice Reid Site Specific Sculpture Award of $5,000 was awarded to Jennifer Cochrane for Cubes with Trees, while the Peter Eichhorn Family Sculpture Prize of $5,000 to Samantha Stephenson for Notion of Flight. The biennial award is based at Western Sydney University’s Campbelltown campus and is presented in  partnership with Landcom, the Peter Eichhorn Family, Quest Campbelltown and Campbelltown City Council. 2021 is the ninth edition. Twenty finalists made the cut this year and will feature in an outdoor exhibition, designed to complement the surrounding environment and landscape. It runs from 7 May – 6 June.

Topology Mentors: John Babbage (Artistic Director, Composer/Saxophone), Christa Powell (Creative Director, Violin), Dr Robert Davidson (Composer/Bass), Bernard Hoey (Viola), Therese Milanovic (Board Member/Piano).

PERFORMING ARTS: Topology has announced the successful 2021 LaunchPad Participants. Tutors for the 2021 Brisbane bootcamp include special guests Jackie Marshall, Grant Collis and Louise King in addition to Topology’s composers and musicians. They will guide mentees in creative sessions. Mentees from outside Brisbane are provided travel and accommodation. The mentees for Launchpad 2021 are:

  • Zacariah Anderson, 18 – Brisbane QLD – who received Launchpad scholarship as the First Place Winner, Senior Division at the ASME Young Composers Competition 2020
  • Josh Crawford, 16 – Woody Point QLD
  • Robert Hislop, 25 – Jamboree Heights QLD
  • Shiralee Plowman, 49 – Mount Perry QLD
  • Craig Rabnott, 35 – Kalinga QLD

Topology also used the moment to congratulate previous Launchpad participant Ray Lin who has won best Contemporary Classical work in the Queensland Music Awards this month, for his new work Moonlight Illusion.

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